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Volume 1 

Plainville, Mass., August 27, 1920 

Number 2 





Prize Burns i:i Committee's Pock- 
ets While Waiting For Satis- 
factory Claimant 

Again "The News" appears with- 
out a "regular" name. Practically 
all the proposals came in too late for 
the Committee to choose a title in time 
for a cut to be made for this issue. 

Over 40 proposals have been re- 
ceived. We pi blish some below. If 
ymi can boat any of them, turn in 
your proposal— and your chances are 
better for that prize if you propose 
more than one. 

The Snappy News 

( !o-worker 

The Co-operator 


The Mesh 

Mesh Topics 

The W. & D. Employees' Booster 

The Mesh Bag Mirror 

The White Dove 


W. & D. Bye-Opener 

The W. & I). News 

The W. & D. Booster 

The Factory Booster 

The Pursemakers' News 

The Pursuer 

The W. ft D. Shop News 

The Joker 

The Reflector 

The Airomesh 

News o'Mesh 

The W. & D. Family 

The Mesh World 

God Save the King. 

Sam Harker has returned from an 
extended tour of England and is now 
filling his former position in the Tool 
Room. While over 'ome, Sam con- 
ducted a personal investigation into 
the affairs of the British Empire, and 
along with other prominent men in- 
terviewed Lloyd George on the ques- 
tion of Home Rule. Sam says that he 
and Lloyd George agree that the Irish 
Question will be settled sometime but 
disagree as to the date of the settle- 

Mr. Rammel's Gold Department 
can show a record that any matrimon- 
ial agency, alive or extinct, would be 
glad to advertise. Within the last 
two months three girls in the depart- 
ment have looked and leaped into the 
.sea which has so many little troubles. 
Not only that, but the boss himself 
took the dive. 

All this is very impressive, but it 
is to none more than to Mr. A. Coren, 
probably the most accomplished lin- 
guist in the shop. Mr. Coren anxious- 
ly desires to find a suitable wife, in 
order to fall in behind the band. In 
his own country, he says, he would 
never have stayed so long off the mat- 
rimonial wagon. 

Here is a wonderful opportunity 
for a young lady to secure a worse 
half at half the price. Any may ap- 
ply, provided they are between the 
ages of sixteen and sixty. Looks are 
non-essential, Mr. Coren says, as they 
are all beautiful to him. He does 
show favor, however, to those who 
have hair of that Titian hue such as 
his own. 



$1,887.08 NOW ON HAND 

14 Karat 

We had a beautiful picture for 
this space, but on bringing it to the 
printer we found that Ollie's smile 
was too broad to fit the column. 01- 
lie, if you haven 't already guessed, is 
none other than 14Karat Gagnon, 
foreman of the die-cuttng depart- 
ment, and famous golf-player. In this 
latter accomplishment he still uses 
an adding machine to figure out his 
score, but nevertheless expects soon to 
challenge Ted Ray. 

^ ^^fOTICE 
hu .1 Kit that 

■L e^BPnt that the which 

■blished in the last issue of 
^BBBaper, referring to certain 
^^fcrty of mine, should be ap- 
propriately answered. I refuse, 
however, to retaliate, as a proper 
answer to articles of that sort 
would serve only to lower the high 
standards of this paper 

LEE J. iik;<;i\ t s 

Only Fifty-two Per Cent, of Em- 
ployees Now Belong to 

By Pres. W. J. Fuller 

August 15, 1920 
Net Cash on hand, Jan. 19, 

1920 $2,343.18 

Receipts to Aug. 15, 1920 1,377.55 

Disbursements $1,833.65 

Cash on hand, Aug. 15, 

1920 $1,887.08 

This is hardly a fair time to make a 
statement of the condition of the Mu- 
tual Relief Association, as it will be 
noticed that we are about $500.00 be- 
hind the statement of January 15. 
This can be explained by saying that 
it is not due to ah increase in the 
treasurer's salary but to the fact that 
the greatest portion of the sickt 
in the year occurs during the months 
from January to May, when influen- 
za and colds are most prevalent. 

In these four months we had an 
average of ten people drawing week- 
ly benefits, while at present there are 
only two on the list. These are ex- 
pected to be of short duration, and if 
this ratio continues we shall make 
up in the balance of the year what 
we have run behind to date. On Jan- 
uary 1, 1921, we will be able to show 
as good a balance as at the beginning 
of this year. The expenses during this 
half year also include the bills for the 
annual meeting and for the closing 
up of last year's accounts. 

We feel that not enough attention 
las been paid in the past to the Re- 
lief Association. There is now only 
52 per cent, of the people in the shop 
in the Relief. We want that other 
-IS per cent. Every foreman and de- 
partment manager should make it 
their business to sec that when a new 
employee comes in they should 
he fully instructed as to the Relief 
Association— itS OOSt, its benefits, and 

its privileges. Increase our members, 

Cont'd on page 3 


? The News ? 


by the Employees of Whiting »fc Davis 
Company, Plainville. Mast 


W. J. Fuller Lee Hit-gin? 

F. Gaddes H. B. Rowan 

J.«VGagnon O. Soderstrom 


W. ConniHG 




Some time ago one of the men in 
the Tool Room got mixed up with the 
planer. He was away from his work 
~ral weeks getting repaired: long 
enough, in fact, to have entitled him 
to over $50.00 in sick benefits. But 
he did not belong to the Relief Asb 
ciation. He does belong now. 

Nobody knows just when he's go* 

_ *o get caught in a machine, collide 
on the corner with an automobile, or 
entertain a large and multiplying 
family of lively and husky germs. 

And the biggest and healthiest of 
us sometimes hit the ground hare 
or prove the happiest hunting ground 
for the deadliest microbes. That is 
the time when the $8.00 paid by the 
Relief Association comes in like a life 
saver. At least it saves a lot of worry, 
which alone is capable of putting 
most of us on the rocks. 

Don't wait for a campaign. Sign 
now on the dotted line which any of 
the officers will proffer you. 


Are you one who hasn't turned in a 
proposal of a name for the shop's en- 
terprise in newspaper making? If 
you are. don't criticize, but try to 
think up one you believe to be better 
than any of those so far turned in. 

There are no restrictions on the 
names, outside of length. The pres- 
ent plan Ls to have a background or 
decoration either of the shop or of a 
mesh bag. Practically any of those 
already proposed could thus be used. 

The Committee wants more work — 
and the possibilities have not at all 
D exhausted. The name contest 
closes Wednesday, in time to have the 
lucky one chosen and the cut made 
up for the next issue, two weeks from 



"The Wigwam", the house publica- 
tion of the Savage Tire Company, 
runs a department it calls "The Fac- 
tory Bulletin." In a recent issue, 
ction contained the following 
pertinent paragraphs : 


Do not wait until the last minute 
to give notice of leaving. If you are 
thinking of leaving, talk the matter 
over with your foreman. Leave a good 
feeling behind. You may want to 
come back some time. 

Any employee having kicks or com- 
plaints, make them within the four 
walls of the plant. 

It often does good to kick in the 
plant to the proper authority. It 
never does any good to kick outside. 
Put your kicks in the form of sug- 
gestions and drop them into the sug- 

~:ion box. 

Dodging responsibility is a sen<- 
less habit that started way back in th- 
Garden of Eden when Adam blamed 
Eve for tempting him to eat the ap- 
ple and Eve in turn blamed the s~r- 
pent. If mistakes have been made, 
be honest and manly about it. Admit 
your part and the part your men have 
in making them. It saves long argu- 
ments and puts vou in the right light. 

The young man who would be sue- 

-ful should remember ^ie special 

thing. Make yourself re^Risible for 

something — responsibil 

c omits. 

You will find that 
give you back just what you] 
it. The cash in advance i( 
not prevail in any business any mnr- 1 
than in life. The code letters for in- 
creased salaries are "C. O. D. 

Authorities state that more acci- 
dents in industrial plants occur dur 
ing the last hour of the morning and 
the last hour of the afternoon than 
during any other period of the day. 

To -The News": 

The thought uppermost in the 
minds of a good many is the manner 
in which we can make the dollars we 
earn at the factory cover our n« - 
and leave us something to pass in to 
the Savings Bank Teller. It would 
:i that there are enough here to es- 
ish a system of quantity buying 
of necessities, thus to cut down our 
living expenses and still have the 
things we really need. 

An association could very possibly 
be gotten up to deal in these things. 
It would probably take a little time 
and patience but the principle is to 

It would be well perhaps to have 

suggestions from people as to the pos- 

ities of such a plan. I should be 

glad to hear through the columns of 

News" any < pinions or sug_ 
tions on the plan, whether or not it 
would be feasible in the Whiting 
Davis C'-mpany. 

An Employee. 


With deep regret. 'The News" an- 
nounces the death on August 13 of 
Kenneth L. Hew . of Mr. and 

Mrs. William K. Hewes of Plainville. 
The funeral was held Sunday. Au- 
gust 15 under the auspices of the 
American Legion. John Edward Me* 
Nri: Post, No. 217. 

"'Ken," as he was known to every - 
in the shop, came to work with 
Whiting ft Davis in May. 1919. H- 
v. as in the Shipping Department un- 
til September when he was trans- 
ferred to the Bench Department, 
where he worked until he was ta- 
fatally sick. Before coming here, he 
was in the service, being stationed at 
Camp Devens. » 

K>n Hewes was one of the best- 
liked men in the shop and highly * 
ned by the community. He took 
an active interest in shop affairs and 
was historian and war risk officer of 
the Plainville Post of the American 
Legion. In him. Whiting <5c Davis has 

- an employee of whom they were 
justly proud. 



At a meeting of the American Iron 
and Steel Institute recently, Judge 
Elbert H. Gary, its President, cited 
these significant statistics: 

"Notwithstanding the United 
States has only 6 per cent, of the 
World's population and 7 per cent. 
of the world's land, yet we produce 
of the world 's supply : 

Of gold 20 per cent. 

Of wheat 23 " " 

Of iron and steel 40 " " 

Of lead 40 " " 

Of silver 40 " " 

Of zinc 50 " " 

Of coal 52 " " 

Of aluminum 60 " " 

Of copper 60 " " 

Of cotton 60 " " 

Of oil 66 " " 

Of corn 75 " " 

Of automobiles 85 " " 

To say nothing of 95 per cent, of 
the world's MESH BAGS, of which 
practically all are made right here in 

Hospital Runs Full Time 

Fifty cases are now Doctor Cote's 
average per day. Most of them are 
headaches or small accidents such as 
minor burns or cuts, but more serious 
accidents are not infrequent. 

On Saturday, August 14, Ray Swal- 
low of the Wire Department, stepped 
on a charged wire and was thrown 
unconscious. He was carried to the 
hospital and stimulants were admin- 
istered. He soon recovered. 

Peter Ringuette was hit in the eye 
last Wednesday by a piece of steel. 
The steel cut through the lid into the 
eyeball. Dr. Cote, assisted by Dr. 
Tellier, of North Attleboro, success- 
fully performed an operation, al- 
though the wound has not healed suf- 
ficiently to allow Ringuette to work. 

Lilly Cote of Franklin was treated 
last week for an infection in her left 
hand which will keep her out for some 

In this issue of "The News" we 
lack news from the Woonsocket and 
Middleboro branches, but we hope 
that in our next we may have both 
their hats in the ring. 


for in numbers there is strength, an 
increase in the amount of funds to 
work with. 

We would impress upon all the em- 
ployees, both old and new, the extent 
of the Reliefs' work. It does not 
guarantee to pay them their regular 
wages, but it does pay them eight 
dollars a week when away from their 
work because of sickness. A joining 
fee of 25 cents, and a tax of ten cents 
per week, taken out of the pay, 
amounting in all to $5.20 per year or 
less than one week's benefit, are the 
fees of the Relief. 

In order that every member maj' 
get prompt payment for their term of 
sickness, we would request that when- 
ever a member is out, the matter 
should be reported at once. They will 
then be put on the sick list and the 
factory nurse will call on them to give 
any needed assistance. There have 
been a number of cases where the 
management did not know that an ab- 
sent person had been sick. Sick bene- 
fits are good only from time of notifi- 
cation, and not from the beginning of 
the sickness when the officers are not 

It may not be known that the firm 
contributes $10.00 per week to the Re- 
lief 's funds. It is its wish that every 
employee join the association. Let 
every one work to that end and get 
the lacking 48 per cent., so that every- 
one mav have sick insurance. 


Fogelberg at Middleboro 
Charles Fogelberg of the Polishing 
Room started to work on Monday 
morning at the Middleboro branch. 
Although he was one of the buffing 
force here, Mr. Fogelberg will do 
bobbing work in his new position. 

For some^me the polishing heads 
in the shonA«e all been in use, while 
thnfl Ulelioro factory have 
burl jhen interviewed this 
Tgelberg stated that he 
Barly keen for his new job. 
anr^^^Rited that Middleboro girls 
were keen for him. 

RIDE A BICYCLE of national 
reputation. Arthur B. Squires, agent 

for Black Beauty wheels, E. Bacon 
St., Plainville. 

FOR SALE— Pigs, eight weeks old. 
E. P. Ouillette, Stamp Room. 

Manager Frank Brown 

By winning last Saturday's game 
from the American Legion, the Knights 
of Columbus clinched the pennant of 
the 1920 Twilight League. Previous 
to that, a week ago last Wednesday, 
Whiting & Davis gave up its chances 
to the title by losing to the American 

But though the K of C has won this 
pennant, we challenge all to look out 
for 1921. We are going to be there 
with both feet. And there is one con- 
solation about this season's race---we 
do not oamp out in the cellar. 

The team wishes to thank all the 
loyal rooters who gave their support 
during the season, and also to Mr. 
Whiting for his generosity in making 
it possible for it to appear in uniforms 
and with full equipment at the games. 

Ray Fulton pitched for the Mason 
Box outtit in a game at Walpole re- 
cently and carried the team through 
with a win. He looks good for next 

Speaking about next year's material, 
did you see Sheriff Crotty show his 
speed in that steal home ? 

We still have the Brown Derby in 
reserve, although we had several 
chances this year to pass it oat. 

'''Land-office" is about the only 
word to apply to the business Sam 
DeBois carried on selling candy dur- 
ing recess periods. The profits were 
great enough to enable him to retire 
from the lowly Rolling Department 
and start out in the high class store- 
keeper's business on Park street. Sam 
hopes all his old customers will eon 
tinue this patronage. "Variety" is 
his watch word and he says the girls 
can buy gum and hairpins at the same 
counter in his store. 

What attracts Benny Labrie to 

Oakland Beach 1 Benny hasn't miss- 
ed a week end since summer began. 

Coutu is building a new body for 
his llop-llopmobile. lie will gladly 
accept any old boxesthat aren't good 
for anything else. 


Caught in the mesh 

Fred Lyons has returned from a 
y of two weeks hi Bar Harbor, Me. 
Fred didn't take his machine as this 
was his vacation. 

Paul Stefani believes in taking ad- 
vantage of all the newest inventions. 
Paul has traded in his right hand 
drive Overland for a left hand drive 
of the same make. 

Great men like George Washington, 
C harles Ponzi. and Henry Desautels 
are always in the news. Henry, for 
instance, has so many accomplish- 
ments that we can't keep him out. 
This week Saturday he will stand on 
1 is hands on the edge of a bucket of 
soap suds. Last week his hands slip- 
ped but he now feels capable of per- 
forming for an audience. 

Over 1800 bottles of soft drinks 
were served at the Outing at the 
Pomham Club. Were they enough to 
relieve the thirst? 

0. L. Walden, of the Bench De- 
partment, gets paid for forty-eight 
hours whether he works or not, having 
hern with the firm for forty-four 


Under this head, Dr. Bertha G. 
Cote, the factor}) nurse, will write 
for every issue a short article on 
sanitary conditions about the shop 
and on precautionary measures for 

When something is called to your 
attention, you all are willing to 
learn — you want to know all about 
it. Here is something — do you 
know that to use another person's 
drinking cup, or to dry your hands 
on some one else's towel, is a seri- 
ous danger to you ? 

IT IS — and for that reason you 
are all asked to get your own 
glasses and towels. Consider the 
risk you take in this matter and for 
your own protection, follow the 
rules of hygiene , 

Bertha G. Cote. 

You can't be healthy, pretty, or 
• fjood, unless you keep clean. 
— Z7. »S'. Railroad Administration 

Mr. Morgan is certainly getting af- 
ter the lawn and putting it in fine 
shape. When the new power lawn 
mower first came he had it going so 
fast he had to run to keep up with 
it. He has, however, evidently got 
tired of his exertions for he will 
shortly attach a horn to the machine, 
to keep track of its whereabouts and 
yet allow him to follow it at a leisure- 
ly walk. 

The Womens' Relief Corps here in 
Plainvjlleis again open for member- 
ship. Here's where Mr. Fuller shines 

Someone said gasoline is cheaper. 
The reason given is that Horace Chee- 
ver was touring in his Overland as far 
away as Franklin last week-end. 

It is all off with the new restaurant 
now. Bill Sweet has found the latest 
formula for knocking out the high 
cost of living. He claims that an ice- 
cream cone and a couple of Sweet 
Caps is sufficient for any man's din- 

John Brant wishes us to state that 
he is in the market for Fords, since he 
he desires to perfect his sedan with 
newer parts. The secret is that John 
has started a penny bank and will of- 
fer you at least half what you think 
your Ford is worth. 

Mr. Gunner of the Gold Depart- 
ment, champion dietician of the whole 
shop, made a trip last week to New 
York in the interests of the wet plank. 
According to him, he did not slip 

That either an extremely rich uncle 
is about to leave Louis his money, or 
else something equally important is 
about to happen, is evidenced by the 
great joy with whic h J Ju is Babcock 
carries on his work. M f ailsjfcii- 
vulge the secret. ^^ 

Members of the Gold 
claim their's is the worst nBf^h in 
the shop. The reason is apparent. It 
is immediately adjacent to Mrs. Simp- 
sou's kitchen. This would be tough 
on anyone. Mrs. Simpson usually be- 
gins canning around 10.30 a. m., and 
the Department immedately feels 
hungry as the smells of peaches and 
other fruits waft in. 

Think what the sad sea waves of 
Maine are missing. Miss Yuill of the 
Gold Department was prevented at 
the last moment from going to Old 
Orchard on her vacation. 

Ed Hurlin has purchased a new Es- 
sex. Far be it from us to publish any 
free advertising, but Ed's sole line of 
conversation is the eminent qualities 
of the car. Ed ought to know, how- 
ever. He went to Sag Harbor, from 
there to New York, and back to Plain- 
ville to try it out. 

Harry Rowan says that age is no 
handicap — that is, the age of a Stutz. 
This vacation he took a trip to Wash- 
ington, stopping in Philadelphia and 
Baltimore en route. 

Miss Beatrice Burton has left the 
low-brow Foreign Department to re- 
turn to school. 

Harry Kenerson. who for the past 
year has been employed in the Mesh 
Room, has resigned his position. He 
has sold his property here and will 
leave in a few weeks for Elderbank, 
near Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Miss Elsie Quirk has returned af- 
ter a thorough boiling out. 

Mr. Wilfred Andrews now holds the 
honorable position of errand boy of 
the Mesh Room, through default of 
Mr. Henry Dargis. Mr. Dargis felt 
that he could carry out his errands of 
love while walking home after work 
completely enough. Evidently he has 
learned the old adage : Business be- 
fore pleasure. 

The quartet in the Coloring Room 
is now practising on the popular tune : 
•I'll Do It," by Matt Brennan. 

Ed Corrigan is achieving great 
success in the Coloring Room as de- 
ficiency expert. 

It took Frank 'Donnell two weeks 
work after hours to fix his Scripps- 
Booth so that it would go. Now that 
he has it in perfect running order, 
Frank expects to work nights. "Can 
you beat it?" Frank inquires. 

Ask Boenkoe how things were roll- 
ing in Milferd the other night. Why 
Montreal, w 'ien Milf ord is so near *